Volunteer for the hospice

No matter what role you take on, volunteering for the hospice will mean you’ll be helping to support local people affected by life-limiting illnesses.

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Although many of our volunteers are in our shops or our warehouse, helping us to raise much-needed funds to provide our care and support, we do also have some voluntary roles within the hospice.

At our headquarters in Jackson-Barstow House, we take pride in providing a warm, welcoming environment. Helpful volunteers greet visitors and patients at reception, answer queries over the phone, arrange flowers, help keep common areas tidy and more. We also have a team of companions and other bereavement or chaplaincy volunteers, who undergo special training to provide emotional support to patients and their loved ones.

We take extra precautions to make sure our patients are receiving the highest quality end-of-life care, so if you’re interested in a voluntary role that involves patient care and support, we’ll ask you to undergo extra checks.

Whatever your skills, there’s a volunteering role for you at the hospice.

If there aren’t any roles within the hospice that suit you, you might like to look into volunteering in our shops or our warehouse.

If you’d like to enquire about volunteering for Weston Hospicecare, please get in touch with our volunteering team on 01934 423 975. You might also like to download our list of our Hospice Volunteering Opportunities November 2017

  • Role Title:   Volunteer Driver – Day Hospice Patients
    Suggested Involvement: 1 – 3 hours per week (Tues, Weds or Thurs)
    Line Manager:   Day Hospice Team Lead (01934 423900)
    Supervisor:   Volunteer and Training Team: Maria Beaton and Sue Phillips (01934 423975)
     
    Role Summary:
    Collecting patients from their homes and transporting them to and from the Hospice.
     
    Main Tasks:
    • Collecting patients from their homes on a prearranged day and time and bringing patients to the hospice
    • Handing patient onto Day Hospice staff
    • Returning patient back home at the end of their Day Hospice session
    • Ensuring patient gains entry to their home
    • Referring all medical, social and personal problems expressed by patients to Day Hospice staff
     
    Profile:
    Essential:
    • Your own transport
    • Clean driving licence
    • Careful and considerate driving abilities
    • Flexible
    • Reliable
    • Good time keeping 

    Desirable:

    • Good communication skills
    • Attentive
    • Good listener
    • Empathy
     
    Location of Activity:
    Various – subject to patient location
     
    This is a volunteer role with no contractual obligation.
     

    Selection Procedure:
    Interview by Volunteer and Training Team and / or relevant Line Manager
     
    Induction and Training:
    Induction and training with Line Manager
    Statutory Mandatory Training as required for role
    1 day Orientation to be attended within 2 months of joining Charity
     
    Support and Supervision:
    Supported and supervised by Line Manager
    Ongoing support of Volunteer and Training Manager
     
    Expenses:
    All out-of-pocket expenses that are incurred when carrying out this volunteer role will be reimbursed in line with Weston Hospicecare’s Expenses Claim Policy.
     
    General:
    In addition to the specific task outlined in this role description, all Weston Hospicecare volunteers are required to operate within all relevant policies and guidelines and should be aware of their specific responsibilities towards the following:
    • Weston Hospicecare operates a no-smoking policy throughout the organisation. Volunteers may not smoke in any charity premises, grounds or vehicles when on Weston Hospicecare business.
    • Adhere to all health and safety and fire regulations and to co-operate with the charity in maintaining good standards of health and safety
    • Promote and sustain a responsible attitude towards equal opportunities and diversity within the charity.
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    Role Summary:

    On an adhoc basis, collecting items and transporting them to and from the hospice.

    Main Tasks:

    To transport various items, which may include the following:

    • Patient records
    • Bloods
    • Leaflets
    • Documents for the hospice shops

    This list is not exhaustive!

    Profile:

    Essential:

    • Your own transport
    • Clean driving licence
    • Careful and considerate driving abilities
    • Flexible
    • Reliable

    Desirable:

    • Good communication skills
    • Good sense of humour

    Location of Activity:

    Various – subject to errand location – generally North Somerset area
    This is a volunteer role with no contractual obligation.

    Selection Procedure:

    • Interview by Volunteer and Training Team
    • Induction and Training: Induction and training with Line Manager
    • Statutory Mandatory Training as required for role
    • Orientation training to be attended 

    Support and Supervision:

    • Supported and supervised by Line Manager
    • Ongoing support of Volunteer and Training Manager

    Expenses:

    All out of pocket expenses which are incurred when carrying out this volunteer role will be reimbursed in line with Weston Hospicecare’s Expenses Claim Policy.

    General:

    In addition to the specific task outlined in this role description all Weston Hospicecare volunteers are required to operate within all relevant policies and guidelines and should be aware of their specific responsibilities towards the following:• Weston Hospicecare operates a no-smoking policy throughout the organisation. Volunteers may not smoke in any charity premises, grounds or vehicles when on Weston Hospicecare business.• Adhere to all health and safety and fire regulations and to co-operate with the charity in maintaining good standards of health and safety• Promote and sustain a responsible attitude towards equal opportunities and diversity within the charity.

Thank you very much for your interest in volunteering for Weston Hospicecare!